Mr. Pelton was born on Nov. 9, 1967, in Greeley, Colorado, to Rodney J. Pelton and Caroline R. (Foos) Pelton. He graduated from Greeley West High School in 1986. After graduation from high school, he entered in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in Japan and Camp Pendleton. He was honorably discharged, a corporal, in 1990. He then attended and graduated from ITT Tech in Aurora. He worked as a computer programmer. He loved his four dogs, all of which he adopted. He was a musician, playing guitar in a band “Powder Munki” which played in the Denver area.
“My childhood friend Lee Jay Pelton, enlisted in the USMC in 1986. In Sept 6 2006 he took his own life. We had known a classmate when we were in high school that killed himself. Lee and I promised one another we would never take our own lives no matter how bad things in life got. But he became one of the 22 per day and is forever missed.
. Lee loved his dogs.The closest family member, his father, passed away the year before Lee passed. Lee and I were as close as any brother/sister. He loved the band Y & T; his nick name was Johnny Fever (WKRO Cincinnati). His mannerisms were similar to that character; that is how he got the nick name. I met him when I was 14. He was the greatest. He helped me make it through basic training…. he was stationed in Japan at the time I was in basic… he wrote to me every day, telling me if he could make it through 13 weeks of USMC boot camp I could make it through 6 weeks of USAF boot camp. He and I would talk for hours and hours about anything and everything. I miss him so much.”